‘Cintra’ for State Heritage Listing?

Filed under Heritage & Historical, News ~ by Press on  29 Jul 2012

27 July 2012 ~ The landmark property “Cintra” in Regent Street Maitland will be considered for listing on the State Heritage Register, Minister for Heritage and Member for Maitland Robyn Parker said today.

The Heritage Council of NSW considers Cintra has exceptional aesthetic value as an outstanding, highly intact example of a Victorian Italianate Town Villa," Ms Parker said.

The outbuildings include the original stables, kitchen, scullery and laundry, set within an historic landscaped garden setting.

The house within its setting is a widely recognised architectural landmark in Maitland.

It contributes to the Regent Street historic landscape and the heritage of the Hunter Valley, demonstrating the pattern of settlement and commercial expansion prior to the growth of Newcastle."

Constructed in 1878, it is significant for its historical associations with the eminent Hunter architectural firm of J.W.Pender, who designed the house and outbuildings, the famous Jewish merchant families of Levy and Cohen, for whom Cintra was built, and its association and links to the Jewish community in Maitland and Sydney, NSW as well as the United Kingdom.

Cintra is a large two-storey villa built in the late Victorian era in the Italianate boom style of architecture. Situated on its original block with driveways, paths, gardens, lawns, and stables in their original layout, the house is built of brick on a concrete foundation, and rendered with a slate roof.

Cintra has 31 rooms, balconies, verandas totalling over 965 square metres. A three-story tower reaches to 14 metres above the entry vestibule and is topped with cast iron embellishments.

Public comment on the proposal to list Cintra – House, Garden and Stables is encouraged, the local community to take part in the process by registering their comments with the Heritage Council of NSW.

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